WWE SmackDown 5 Takeaways: Shinsuke Nakamura is Looking Strong

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1. Excited for the Ladder Match at Money in the Bank

I already spoke about the participants scheduled for the upcoming Money in the Bank pay-per-view on June 18, but I would just like to reiterate how stacked the field is. These six superstars are some of the best workers in the business, and while putting them all in the ladder match makes the rest of the card risk looking weak, I’m not overly concerned with this. With Rusev returning, the women’s division stocked with talent, the tag team storylines starting to develop (watch out for whenever American Alpha returns, likely with a new gimmick), and the WWE Championship on the line, the other matches should deliver.

The Money in the Bank match has a chance to be one of the best matches of the year with Styles, Zayn, Owens, Nakamura, Ziggler, and Corbin involved. As we saw with the way Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin developed at the Elimination Chamber, the WWE is willing to create rivalries stemming from multi-man matches at important pay-per-views. That will add to the intrigue surrounding the match, which hardly needs spicing up given the importance of the contract and the caliber of the six men on the card.

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What makes this match so exciting is that it is difficult to predict. Corbin and Zayn are two favorites, but the case could easily be made for Nakamura grabbing the briefcase en route to his first WWE Championship. Heck, the fans could be thrown a real swerve if Ziggler wins and has a repeat of his first run with the briefcase, winning the contract and losing most of his matches with it under his arm.

My early prediction was Zayn, but after watching him beat Corbin twice, I’d keep my eyes on “The Lone Wolf” going forward.